The Lindahl Lecture was founded in 2012 by Dr. Eric Grigsby and HealthRoots Foundation for Global Health, partnering with Neurovations Education to bring distinguished thinkers in the sciences to speak to an audience of young scientists, researchers, and current and future clinicians and public health professionals.
The Lindahl Lecture was founded in 2012 in honor of Dr. Sten Lindahl, Chair Emeritus of the Nobel Committee in Physiology or Medicine, and Professor Emeritus at Karolinska Institutet.
The Lindahl Lecture honors the importance of mentorship as the foundation of innovation and scientific advancement. In keeping with its mission, it offers free admission to all students and researchers with an interest in the sciences, especially scientific, clinical and technological innovation and research.
2017 — Dr. Warren M. Zapol
Director of the Mass General Hospital Anesthesia Center for Critical Care Research
2016 — Dr. Kevin J. Tracey
CEO and President, the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
2015 — Dr. Bruce Beutler
2011 Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine; Director, Center for the Genetics of Host Defense, UT Southwestern Medical Center
2014 — Dr. Robert Langer
David H. Koch Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2013 — Dr. Sten Lindahl
Chair Emeritus, Nobel Prize Committee in Physiology or Medicine; Professor Emeritus, Karolinska Institutet
We are proud to welcome Warren M. Zapol, MD, Director of the Mass General Hospital Anesthesia Center for Critical Care Research to the stage for this year's Lindahl Lecture.
Dr. Zapol is Emeritus Anesthetist-in-Chief at MGH, Reginald Jenney Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, and was Chief Anesthesiologist at MGH form 1994 – 2008.
An exceptional scientist and engineer, Dr. Zapol is noted for saving thousands of hypoxic infants each year due to his innovative treatment using inhaled nitric oxide.
As part of his research, he led nine Antarctic expeditions to study how mammals avoid the bends and hypoxia. He has received 13 U.S. patents related to his research, In 2008, he was appointed by President George W. Bush and reappointed in 2012 by President Barack Obama as an academic representative to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. In 2006, he had an actual Antarctic glacier named in his honor.
He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science in 2002, presented the John W. Severinghaus Lecture at the American Society of Anesthesiologists in 2010, and was designated as a Distinguished Scientist by the American Heart Association in 2012.